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Undergraduate Study

Students playing basketball in the sports centre

Being at Cambridge isn’t all about studying. Our students work hard, but they get involved with the student community too.

There are loads of societies and activities for you to explore.

Sport and fitness

Cambridge has a range of competitive and recreational sporting opportunities. You can start something new, continue a sport you love, or build your fitness.

Cambridge offers:

  • more than 80 University sports clubs
  • excellent sports facilities, including gyms, studios, and sports fields
  • free opportunities to try new activities as part of our Active Students Programme
  • University clubs that compete against other universities, and local and national clubs
  • extra College sports facilities, teams, and inter-College competitions
  • some financial support to help with competitive sport and training to coach or officiate

Discover sport and fitness on the Sports Centre website.

Elite student athletes

Cambridge is a Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Dual Career Accredited institution. This recognises our commitment to dual-career support for talented athletes in full-time education.

You may be eligible for the University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme if you:

  • are a nationally ranked athlete
  • regularly represent your country on the international stage

The programme that offers support to dual-career student-athletes. This includes:

  • highly qualified and experienced staff who will work with you to enhance your performance
  • support to balance your academic or sporting ambitions while at the University

Find out more about our Athlete Performance Programme on the Sports website.

Student societies and clubs

Cambridge has lots of student clubs for you to get involved with. They cover many interests and activities. Some are known beyond Cambridge, like the Cambridge Footlights, a cutting-edge comedy group.

You'll find societies and clubs covering:

  • Community and charity
  • Drama, including the latest student productions at our ADC Theatre
  • Media, from student newspapers to student radio and TV
  • Politics and activism
  • Music across genres and styles
  • Food and drink
  • Games and hobbies
  • Religion and culture

Watch our video to see some of our students introduce their societies.

Find a list of societies on the Cambridge SU website.

Cambridge Students’ Union (Cambridge SU)

Cambridge SU campaigns and lobbies for change across the University. The SU focuses on representing students and improving the student experience.

The SU is proactive in building student communities. The 7 SU campaigns are: BME, Class Act, Disabled Students, Ethical Affairs, International Students, LGBT+, and Women’s Campaign.

Find out more about the Cambridge SU

Every College also has its own students’ union too. So, if you want to have a say in student affairs, consider running for election.